Robert Drewe (ed.): The Best Australian Essays 2010

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December 2010–January 2011, no. 327

Robert Drewe (ed.): The Best Australian Essays 2010

Reviewed by
December 2010–January 2011, no. 327

An anthology of ‘irresolute fancies’

Geordie Williamson

 

The Best Australian Essays 2010
edited by Robert Drewe
Black Inc., $29.95, 400 pp, 9781863954945

 

Michel de Montaigne thought little of constancy. It was change in slow motion, he said – ‘a more languishing movement’. The first and still the most miraculous exponent of the essay form instead bragged about his embrace of all that fluctuates: ‘I do not portray being; I portray passing; not a passage of one age to another ... but from day to day, from minute to minute.’

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